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normally globe trotting secretary. clinton has traveled to 112 countries, logged nearly a million miles and spent the equivalent of an entire year of her life on a plane. recently telling barbara walters she was eager to step down as secretary of state. >> why are you leaving? >> i've been, as you know, at the highest levels of american and now international activities for 20 years. i just thought it was time to take a step off. i wanted to take some time and just really collect myself. >> are you exhausted? >> i am. >> reporter: clinton told "the new york times" she was looking forward to sleeping, exercise and relaxing, watching hg-tv. still, those who have watched her for decades, from first lady to candidate to the most traveled secretary of state ever, wonder if that's in her dna. >> is a quiet retirement really in the future of hillary clinton? >> it seems out of character, certainly. she deserves a year off to
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reassess, to get healthy, and to think seriously about a possibility of a run. >> reporter: the secretary is reportedly in good spirits, engaging with doctors, staff and her husband, former president bill clinton, who has been by her side. but it's unclear when she'll leave the hospital. sharyn anews, new york. a major new medical study finds a few extra pounds might be okay. researchers found that people who were slightly overweight had less risk of dying than people of average weight. they found other factors like high cholesterol were far more important in predicting death than weight alone. the finding was true for those only slightly overweight, not morbidly obese. >> all those benefits go out the window if you're got a lot of extra pounds on. >> and the level of cholesterol,
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which i'm teetering at because of my love of bacon. extra fat with extra muscle, overall, becoming more than slightly obese, it remains dangerous, ladies and gentlemen. >> fair enough. >> just take our word for it. >> that's elementary. gunman in northwest pakistan ambushed a van and killed five pakistani teachers and two health workers. they were working for a private pakistani group who was targeted for their anti-polio work. militants have accused them of spying for the u.s. and extremists have launched attacks in opposition to female education. more than 60 people were killed in a stampede after a fireworks show and 200 others hurt. many were children and teenagers. thousands were leaving the stadium when the crowd surged forward, crushing dozens of people. and there is new legal
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action in the wake of the jerry sandusky scandal at penn state. the governor there says he intends to sue the ncaa over sanctions that it slapped on the school. those sanctions, including $60 million fine, which finances the national campaign against child abuse, apparently some pennsylvania politicians don't like state taxpayer money going to other states. they think they should stay within pennsylvania. new evidence has surfaced from the nation's most famous family feud. excavators found bullets believed to be from a key battle between the hatfields and mccoys. two members of the mccoy family were gunned down on new year's day in 1888. bullets found believed to have been found from the mccoys in self-defense. it's such a story that you forget that this really was a feud. >> yeah, a long time ago. fascinating new findings. here is your wednesday weather. showers and thunderstorms along
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the gulf coast from corpus christy to the florida panhandle and georgia and south carolina. a bitter cold morning in the northeast, hovering in the teens and 20s. light snow in the dakotas and upper midwest. >> 20s in fargo. miami up to 80. 40s from dallas to new orleans. 50s from phoenix to sacramento. so if working out is not among your new year's resolutions -- not here. been there, done that. so here are 101 reasons to add it to your list. >> meet gertrude of boca raton, florida. believe it or not, she's 101 years old. still hits the gym about every day, spending 30 minutes on the bike before the treadmill. she says she's been doing it all her life. >> i had three bicycles. i was always on a bicycle, shopping, and everything. >> an active lifestyle.
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her much younger caretaker says she has trouble keeping up with her. she also likes to dance, meet new people, and hit the bars. i love it. she's just going to go on a rager. she turns 102 this summer. the question after we brought this up in our meeting was whether or not she's worked an overnight shift. >> i think it's bad for your health. >> then you start ageing in dog years. good for her, though. go have a beer gertrude, or two. coming up, there's a patch for pain, one to quit smoking. and now one man claims there's one to prevent hangovers. >> i'm wearing it now by the way. an elusive world leader emerges with a message. you're watching "world news now." every time someone chooses finish over cascade,
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and welcome back, everyone. there's been a surprising appearance from a reclusive public leader. >> north korean leader kim jong-un, who took over for his father, is rarely seen or heard from. but yesterday that changed. abc's akiko fujita has the story. >> reporter: the new year came with reclusive north korea. but in a rare speech, we heard his voice with a different message. this year, the entire korean nation should turn out a nationwide patriotic struggle for reunification, kim jong-un said. >> he's sent various signals he's going to move his country in a new and different
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direction. this was the first step in that direction. >> reporter: on the streets of pyongyang, residents praised the first new year's address in nearly 20 years. kim jong-un's father shunned the public, speaking just once in his 17-year rule. pyongyang has gone to great lengths to project a modern, more outgoing image of their leader. seen here visiting an amusement park with his young wife by his side. >> he knows far more about the outside world happen his grand father or his father. and that brings a completely new dimension to north korean leadership. >> reporter: but he's shown the same defiance as his father, launching a long-range missile last month. and he's shown no intention of abandoning pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. analysts say this was a speech addressed directly to the u.s. and south korea's new leader. and with that successful rocket
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launch, kim knows he has a bigger hand at the bargaining table. akeet akiko fujita, abc news, new york. >> just the fact that he's addressing people gives them a legitimate reason to embrace them. >> we certainly hope that he means what he says. a lot of people skeptical. >> but very savvy socially. still ahead, if you were like a lot of folks, you may have woken up yesterday morning with a hangover. >> forget the greasy food. although that's good. there may be one to prevent one all together. >> got to have the greasy food.
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welcome back. judging by the number of people
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stumbling around new york city and the country in the wee hours of the morning yesterday, well, there were a lot of folks in need of an aspirin when they woke up. >> most people have a sure fire way to cure a hangover. mcdonald's, water, even a bloody mary. now there may be a way to prevent them completely. lindsay davis has more. >> reporter: waking up to nashia, headache, hopy nothing like the guys in the "hangover" experienc experienced. >> am i missing a tooth? >> reporter: while no one argues excessive drinking can be harmful, some think the only sure cure for a hangover is time. >> once you have the hangover, you're done. there's at least four hours of your life that's just lost. >> reporter: he says he's created a way to prevent hangovers without vinegar or raw
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eggs. it's called bitox and he says it does what patches do for motion sickness. he says it's like being attached to an iv, continuously fusing vitamins into the blood stream. >> the kidneys go into overdrive and you're watching out everything that's water soluble. >> reporter: he created the patch with alex, who suffered a hangover so awful, he had to call on his family friend dr. grossman for help. >> he administered an iv full of vitamins and within ten minutes i felt great. >> reporter: so the headache, the dizziness, if i've had maybe three drinks the night before, i'm going to wake up tomorrow and feel great? >> absolutely. >> reporter: hangover remedies have been around for as long as booze. coffee, honey, greasy foods, hair of the dog, and now there's
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blowfish. no, not the poisonous puffer fish. a new over the counter drug that promises to upright your hangover. not with fins, but with fiz. tried and tested with researchers who turned themselves into lab rats. >> i had at least 12 shots of tequila. >> reporter: admittedly the protocols for scientific testing didn't apply. but the authors of a 2005 study in the british medical journal found no convincing evidence that any conventional remedies can cure a hangover. and dr. grossman doesn't exactly dispute that. >> it's not a cure, only a prevention. >> reporter: linsey davis in new york. >> i don't know. i wish. >> if it works, though. >> if it even helps a little bit. >> we want you to weigh in.
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over a million people have switched to finish. join the finish revolution and get up to half off. ♪ all right. a woman goes to an amusement park in california, gets on the bumper cars and gets injured and sues the amusement park ride. it goes to the supreme court and the lawyers are saying give me a break, it's the bumper cars. >> whiplahat's what always happens. >> so you're saying that -- >> you bump at your own risk. >> the california supreme court in a 6-1 decision said that, you know, you take your chances when you do something like this, including jet skiing, fitness classes. so basically they agreed that, you know, you get on the bumper cars, you get into a collision, that's what is supposed to happen on bumper cars, and she could not file that lawsuit. >> i think in our society,
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everybody is so sue happy and it bothers me. just everybody pipe down and go on the bumper cars, just be forewarned. >> you might get bumped. e.l. james' erotic romance best seller "50 shades of gray," i haven't read one of them. i think i need to just actually cover this, because we talk about it all the time. well, it's going to be taught in a classroom at american university in d.c. a professor is adopting the book into the classroom. it's going to be called contemporary american culture, the 50 shade trilogy. 25 students starting in january. she said this isn't going to be a sex shop book club. they're not going to talk about personal preferences. >> what if you fail that class?
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>> it's actually proving legitimate. they're going to talk about female sexuality, domestic violence. shockingly enough, there's already a waiting list of students to get in. majority are female. >> i'm sure they'll get the juicy stuff. the internet, not only is it paula faris' one-year anniversary on "world news now," the internet turned 30 today. >> congratulations, al gore. >> what would the world be without the internet? this started on january 1, 1983. it was known as flag day. i won't dazzle you with all this stuff. but it started with the defense department and grew to what it is today. 30 years old. happy birthday to the internet. >> should we sing happy birthday to the internet now? we have al gore on sped dial. we should get him on the phone and see if he can reflect on
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this morning on "world news now," the deal is done. the house passes a measure to avoid the fiscal cliff. >> but the battle is not over. it is wednesday, january 2. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." i'm paula faris on this second day of 2013. >> i'm john muller in for rob nelson. that deal keeps tax cuts in place for americans making less than $400,000 a year. but lawmakers delayed a decision on spending cuts, and that will set up a whole new fight. >> this is going to drag on for a while. and more on the compromise in a moment. but first, a look at some of the other stories we're following
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for you this wednesday morning. the children of sandy hook children to school this week, but not to the scene of that horrific tragedy. how their old classrooms have been meticulously re-created down to the crayons. really a remarkable effort by everybody in that community. we'll tell you some surprise visitors they're going to have, as well. a triumphant comeback. espn host hanna storm returning to television after a month after her accident. you know you make new year's resolutions that takes will power and support to succeed. but did you know there are people betting against you? doesn't that sound horrible? we'll tell you who they are, and why in the world anyone would want to bet against you. are there any good people left in the world? >> yeah, there are. a few. >> that's why we don't make new
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year's resolutions. >> did you make one? >> no. just not to work on new year's. first, congress has kicked off 2013 by finally closing the deal to real the country back in from the fiscal cliff. >> the house voted on a measure that will spare most americans from a big tax hike. but there are still big economic issues looming. abc's karen travers is in washington with the latest. >> reporter: good morning paula. good morning, john. it wasn't pretty. neither party got what they wanted and they didn't even get it done on time. but last night, congress sent president obama a deal in on the fiscal cliff. after months of drama and some tense last-minute negotiations, congress finally passed legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff.
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after the vote, a rare late-night statement from president obama. >> this law is just one step in the broader effort to strengthen our economy and broaden opportunity for everybody. >> reporter: lawmakers completely blew their deadline. they didn't get the grand bargain that both parties claimed was their ultimate goal. both democrats and republicans gave themselves credit for getting something done. >> this is a very, very strong first step. >> this is an important one. this is a critical one for the future of the country. >> reporter: there was considerable hand ringing among republicans about a lack of spending cuts. some wanted to add them in, but there weren't enough votes to get it passed. this fiscal cliff deal which passed the senate with overwhelming bipartisan support would extend tax cuts for all workers earning less than $400,000 a year, prevent a tax hike on estates valued at less than $5 million and extend unemployment benefits set to expire for some 2 million people. since congress missed the january 1 midnight deadline, technically the country did go over the fiscal cliff. but passing the compromise deal in the house and senate, congress can take credit for retroactive tax cuts. to avoid this fiscal cliff,
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congress essentially set up new ones. in just two months, they're going to have to deal with the automatic spending cuts they put off, and there's going to be a nasty fight over the debt ceiling. john and paula, back to you. >> we get to look forward to so much more. victims of hurricane sandy will have to wait longer for help. lawmakers did not vote on a measure to provide aid to people affected by the storm. the senate hassocked more than $60 billion to the region, but house republicans say the price tag is too high and includes too much pork. secretary of state clinton spending her fourth day in the hospital being treated for blood clots. chelsea clinton tweeted, thank you for all sending good thoughts my mom's day. grateful to her doctors and that she'll make a full recovery. still not clear how soon clinton will be able to go home. overseas now, and gunman in northwest pakistan have am busheled a van, killing five
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pakistani teachers and two health workers. all but one were women. they were working for a private pakistani aid group whose director believes they were targeted for their anti-polio work. militants have long accused aid workers of spying for the u.s. and extremists have also launched attacks in opposition to female education. a new year's celebration came to a tragic end in the west african nation of the ivory coast. more than 60 people were killed in a stampede after a fireworks show and 200 others were hurt. thousands of revelers were leaving when the crowd surged forward, crushing dozens of people. police are still trying to determine what set off that stampede. police in paris trying to crack their case. a new year's eve caper, a brazen robbery of the city's biggest apple store. four masked gunmen carried out what appeared to be a carefully planned heist, making off with about $1.3 million worth of i phones and ipads.
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the governor of pennsylvania intends to sue the ncaa over sanctions imposed against penn state after the jerry sandusky scandal. the sanctions, which were agreed to by the university in july, including $60 million fine, that would be used to finance child abuse prevention grants. we'll get more details at a news conference later today. but the republican governor there will file this. it's going to be an anti-trust suit against the ncaa. really the problem is that the state has is that $60 million is going to be spent outside of the state of pennsylvania. they want that to be spent within the state. in terms of the ncaa and a precedent, they don't have a very good record against anti-suit trusts. >> you just feel bad for the students that go to penn state. it's one thing that maybe the people at the university that are in positions of power, but the students are suffering and they didn't have anything to do
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with this. >> everybody suffering in this. just an unfortunate situation to begin with. let's talk about police in san jose, california, spending part of new year's day dealing with a tense standoff, facing a naked man armed with a samurai sword and loaded ak-47. two dozen officers surrounded the man, yelling "you're going to have to kill me." students from sandy hook elementary get ready to head back to class tomorrow on thursday for the first time since the shooting nearly three weeks ago. families have been dropping by the new school and open house is scheduled today. the school superintendent says teachers are going to make tomorrow as normal a school day as possible. parents are invited. one parent per household. they can hang out on thursday, the first day of school in the auditorium. but they're bringing in these comfort canines from chicago to help just give these kids and
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those in the community a sense of peace. these kay nines were actually there immediately after the tragedy. so they're coming back. >> they say dogs can lower stress. but the teachers snapped photographs of the classroom. so they re-created them from the photograph. >> this was a junior high previously, chalk hill was a junior high. so they stripped down everything, even the bathrooms to try to replicate. so just trying to make those students as comfortable as possible. >> our thoughts with them, no doubt about that. you saw the ball drop in times square, but did you catch the possum drop? yeah, it's in north carolina. not far from asheville. >> they put a live possum in the box with a slow ride down. but animal rights groups forced a change this year and organizers agreed to use a substitute. or did they?
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>> it don't matter what's in the box. nobody knows what's in the box and they had just as much fun. >> some suggested that organizers used road kill or a stuffed animal. how does that tradition originate? >> the box moves rather slow. >> it's a five-foot slow drop 679 >> is there no ventilation? what is really the trauma there? >> i don't know what the point is. but hey, it entertains, right? we do some strange things on new year's. >> traditions are a good thing. coming up, a remarkable recovery to tell you about. >> espn anchor hanna storm returns to television after her accident. up next, she opens up about her page and healing. you're watching "world news now." before the sneeze, help protect with a spray.
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♪ welcome back, everyone. yesterday, it marked a comeback of sorts for espn anchor hanna storm. >> she hosted the rose parade three weeks after a propane
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explosion set her on fire. >> can you take us to that night? you were grilling outdoors, getting ready for the family. >> i went outside to light a propane grill. i went out to check out and see how hot the grill was and the flames had been blown out. the cover was open, so i assumed logically as i guess most people would be that there wouldn't be any pass in the air. propane is heavier than air and in cold weather it sits on the grill and pools. so the second i relit the flame, after i had turned the gas off, i relit the flame and it was a wall of flame. >> you said the explosion was so loud, a neighbor thought a tree had come through their house? >> a neighbor across the street thought that a tree had fallen through his roof. that's how loud the explosion was. and it happened in a split
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second. and immediately i was on fire. so my hair was on fire. my chest and the whole top of my shirt was on fire. i didn't know what to do other than i'm left-handed, reach and just get the shirt off of me as quickly as possible. so that's why my hand is so badly damaged. i yelled inside to my 15-year-old daughter, who was in the kitchen, mommy's on fire. you have to call 911. >> and she came outside, i know she was one of the people who was with you every step of the way. >> i told her i was on fire. i asked her to call 911. like all teenagers, she picks up her cell phone and calls 911. >> i know you went to the hospital and it wasn't until the next day you had a chance to see yourself. >> the skin was burned. there were red flame marks up my neck, you can tell where the flames had, you know, been licking up on my -- on my neck, and i was very disfigured and,
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you know, without hair, eye lashes, eyebrows. it was a sight to behold. >> you look as beautiful as ever, but i know this was a tough road and you had a whole team that helped you get ready. >> i have the access to, you know, i spent an hour in hair and makeup this morning. i have on false eye lashes. this is all fake hair. when the makeup artist brushed an eyebrow on me, i almost sat up and kissed her this morning. but it is a long, hard road for burn victims. i was by far the most fortunate person in my burn unit. >> you mentioned that you had turned the propane off, which would sound to me like anyone should do. so what more could you have done to have prevented it? >> if your grill has been lit but the igniter did not light, the chances are very good that will is a lot of propane still sitting in the area. so just turning it off and relighting your grill isn't
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sufficient. you have to wait a long period of time for all of that propane to dissipate before you would try to reignite your grill. >> you've been amazing how well you've recovered and you have a whole new year ahead of you. >> thanks. and happy new year to you, david. >> her first assignment since that accident december 11. she said she wants to return to "sportscenter" sunday night. this is like the first step towards the next step. >> she's always been a remarkable lady in my opinion. three weeks and she's back working and smiling and telling the story. >> an important lesson for any of us that have a propane tank. >> for all of us guys sharing our propane tank stories. >> it does frighten me that something very bad can go wrong. >> the cover is down, and the flame goes out and you forget
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all that gas is underneath is cover. you have to let it dissipate. turning it off is not enough. >> heavier than air. good lesson for everybody. fortunately she was able to walk away with -- i don't want to say minor injuries, but nonlife threatening injuries. so kudos to her. still ahead, there's a group in coney island that you might want to meet. >> they took their traditional polar bear plunge. but this year they did it with a new sense of purpose. you're watching "world news now."
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♪ a lot of people were cold as ice after this next story. we see this every year, those
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crazy swimmers who despite the freezing temperatures insist on stripping down and jumping into the nearest body of frigid water. >> never understood this, but yesterday in coney island, one group did it very good reason. ♪ it's a brand new year >> reporter: if you didn't know it was new year's, you might think it was halloween if you were on the coney island board walk. >> unbelievable experience. >> reporter: popeye, kland this guy are part of the coney island polar bear club. but this year's annual new year's day swim takes on a special significance. after super storm sandy badly damaged coney island and its famous board walk, money raised from the swim will go to a nonprofit called coney recovers. >> what we're aiming to do with the funds raised today in partnership with the polar bear club is help out not for profits
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in the area. >> reporter: as for these arctic athletes, each has their own strategy for diving into the frigid waters. >> you've got to run in place to get warmed up, and we like to run and kiss and then jump right in. >> reporter: after a few minutes of psychological gamesmanship, it's time. this army of self-proclaimed polar bears runs towards its nemesis, the ocean. >> it's a lot better if you dunk your head in really fast. it's like ripping a band aid off. >> reporter: another year, another plunge. >> every day is a new year. yeah! >> reporter: in coney island, matt cozar, challenge 7, eyewitness news. >> he wins the best outfit. >> the polar bear club is the oldest winter bathing organization in the u.s. they swim in the atlantic every sunday from november through
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i have a lifetime of experience. so i know how important that is. ♪ that is a live picture of times square. quite a different scene from -- >> 24 hours ago. loaded with confetti. >> they do a great job cleaning it up, don't they? >> they clean that thing up so fast. they clean it up in a matter of hours. >> it is amazing. much different scene there. much different scene here, as well. it was a really good night. we had nonalcoholic schampagne. >> we had the good kind afterwards. >> we all do it, we make new year's resolutions that we keep them for the month of january
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and we're done. >> it takes a lot of will power and support to make it happen. but believe it or not, some people are betting against you. here's abc's matt gutman. >> three, two, one. happy new year! >> reporter: no sooner as the new year's ball dropped and up popped jessica simpson. one of is very first ads of the new year. >> because when a weight loss program is built for human nature, you can expect amazing. >> reporter: our resolutions, more personal. 40% of americans make these promises. >> i was going to try to be nicer to my brother. >> take more risks in life. >> reporter: by some accounts, a third of these promises are broken before the end of january. not so amazing. the perennial top two resolutions are increasing exercise and decreasing your weight. it's a $66 billion industry. do they continue with the programs they start? >> there are some people that do, but there's a group that's consistently inconsistent. >> reporter: market analysts
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show that gym memberships peak in monday and by march they plummet. 80% of new members become no members after just eight weeks. >> it's a lifestyle change. i hope i can make it. >> reporter: to succeed at the gym and beyond, experts say keep the resolutions small, and think about keeping them to yourself. because the satisfaction you get from that new year's day announcement to friends and family could sap your motivation. do you have any resolutions this year? >> no, not to make any. >> reporter: probably sound advice. matt gutman, abc news, miami. >> looks like i'm pretty unimaginative. i'm trying to eat better and drop a few i've gained. >> i just want to spend more time in the fun in the sun. >> it's a drag to go to the gym in january. it's triple the amount of people there. >> that's why i don't go. you don't have to worry about seeing me there.
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this morning on "world news now," bungee bounceback from the fiscal cliff. the house passes the senate's fiscal deal and sends it to the president. >> the final late night vote came after months of drama and debate and last-minute doubts. it is wednesday, january 2. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, everybody. i'm john muller. rob nelson has the morning off. >> and i'm paula faris. and finally, the country has a fiscal deal in place. but both sides came out bruised. we'll have the latest from washington in a moment and why this is just the beginning of the debate. >> this is not going away for a long time. also this half hour, day four in the hospital for hillary clinton. we'll have an update on the secretary of state's condition.
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and then a parade of love. one family's new year's surprise at the tournament of roses parade that is now our favorite story of the day. the new year beginning with a bang for hugh hefner, no pun intended. the 86-year-old just married his 26-year-old girlfriend. do the math, everybody, that's 60 years. >> oh, brother. >> the secrets of the ceremony coming up in "the skinny." i just can't -- ewww. >> what are you going to say about that? >> i don't know. it's love, right? >> that's what they claim. first, taking the country right to the brink, over the fiscal cliff, congress has passed a deal to prevent steep tax hikes for most americans. >> a late-night vote in the house means that part of the fiscal crisis has been averted. but there's new trouble down the road. abc's karen travers watching it all in washington. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning paula. good morning, john.
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it wasn't pretty. neither party got what they wanted and they didn't even get it done in time. but last night congress sent president obama a deal on the fiscal cliff. after months of drama and some tense last-minute negotiations, congress finally passed legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff. after the vote, a rare late-night statement from president obama. >> under this law, more than 98% of americans and 97% of small businesses will not see their income taxes go up. >> reporter: lawmakers completely blew their deadline. they didn't get the grand bargain both parties claimed was their ultimate goal. both democrats and republicans gave themselves credit for getting something done. >> this is a very, very strong first step. >> this is an important one. this is a critical one for the future of the country. >> reporter: there was considerable hand ringing among republicans about a lack of spending cuts. some wanted to add them in, but
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ultimately there wasn't enough votes to get it passed. this fiscal cliff deal, which passed the senate with overwhelming bipartisan support would extend tax cuts for all workers earning less than $400,000 a year, prevent a tax hike on estates valued at less than $5 million and extend unemployment benefits that were set to expire yesterday for some 2 million people. since congress missed the january 1 midnight deadline, technically the country did go over that fiscal cliff. but by passing the compromise deal in the house and senate, congress can try to take credit for retroactive tax cuts. to avoid this fiscal cliff, congress essentially set up new ones. in just two months, they're going to have to deal with automatic spending cuts they put off and there's going to be a nasty fight over the debt ceiling. john and paula, back to you. >> so basically they just worked out the tax code here. they've got the spending cuts coming up in the next couple of months. but republicans in the house didn't really like it. they voted just about 2-1 against it. but this gives them a little leverage coming up when they start negotiating for the spending cuts.
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i thought it was interesting, two that did vote for it, the speaker of the house, john boehner, and former vice presidential candidate paul ryan voted for the bill. against it, marko rubio. so that sets up a nice dynamic for 2016. >> to put it very simple, they kicked the can down the road a little bit. we're going to deal with it again. >> one other quick note, i think everybody will take a little bit of a hit, because the expiration of the payroll tax cut. that's going to have a little bit of an impact on middle class families that earn $50,000 to $75,000 a year. $75,000 they would see their rate rise 1.3% to 17.1. so because of the expiration of that, might see a little bit of a difference in your pay. students from sandy hook elementary getting ready to head back to class tomorrow for the first time since that shooting nearly three weeks ago. families have already been dropping by the new school, an open house scheduled for today.
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experts say parents are probably more worried about the return to school than the students are. an offshore oil rig has run aground off the alaskan coast. the rig owned by shell. it broke away from a tow ship during a powerful storm monday night. the entire crew was evacuated safely before it washed up on the rocky shoreline. rocky we should stress there. it was carrying more than 150,000 gallons of diesel and other petroleum products. so far, thankfully, no signs of a spill despite washing up on that rocky ground. >> wow. secretary of state clinton spending a fourth day in the hospital as doctors treat a blood clot near her brain. former president clinton and their daughter chelsea have been at her bedside. it's unclear whether she will consider retiring. >> she deserves a year off to reassess, to get healthy, and to think seriously about a possibility of a run. >> now the secretary is reportedly in good spirits,
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engaging with doctors, her staff and husband. there's nobody tougher than she. if anybody can lick this thing, it's her. >> 65 years old and everybody speculating 2016. but you have to wonder the most traveled secretary of state in history, you have to wonder if this puts things in perspective for her. is her health -- >> she's been saying a long time she wants time off. she's ready to step back. so yeah, she felt it. >> she had a blood clot, i don't know, was it 15 years ago? so this isn't the first time she's had this situation. i think for her, it's going to make her think about it. >> maybe replenish that well and who knows? could be in 2016. now to a major study about the risk of carrying a few extra pounds in the new year. researchers found people slightly overweight had less risk of dying than people of average weight. they found other factors like high cholesterol were were far
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more important in predict iing debt. the findings were true for those only slightly overweight, not those deemed obese. and from los angeles, the photographer trying to shoot pictures of justin bieber's ferreira was hit by another car and killed last night. the singer was not driving the car at the time. it's not clear who was. the ferreira was pulled over for a traffic stop. the photographer tried to get that shot when he was struck by an oncoming car and killed. the nation's first known legal recreational pot club has already shut its doors. white horse inn in southern colorado turn closed yesterday because of a landlord dispute. colorado voters in november legalized use and limited possession of marijuana. the measure bans public consumption but doesn't prevent members only groups smoking. >> the interesting thing about marijuana, is it's more fun because the government says don't do it. just like anything. the forbidden fruit is always the sweetest. but it's larger than marijuana.
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this is about basic freedom. >> the landlord of the pot club didn't like all the publicity it was generating. >> so the landlord smoked them out? >> there you go. light snow from the dakotas to the great lakes, including duluth, des moines and chicago. showers and thunderstorms from southern texas to jacksonville. savannah and charleston, south carolina. the coldest morning of the season is in the northeast. >> lucky northeast. new york and boston, doesn't even warm up to the freezing mark. mostly 20s from detroit to fargo. 30s in the pacific northwest. much of the world watched as the ball dropped in times square, partygoers in key west rang in their new year with their eyes peeled on something almost as dazzles. >> thousands of people gathering in the florida resort to watch the annual shoe drop. it's a flashy drag queen named sushi lowered to the street in a giant red stiletto. she's been starring in the shoe drop since 1996. she makes a special dress each
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year, which isn't revealed until the countdown. everybody has their traditions. >> ever been to key west? it's a hoot. >> she looks like a lime. >> like a key lime. that's the color she's going for. >> you been to key west? >> many times. >> a fun place to be. coming up next, our favorite story of the day. >> the amazing surprise for a soldier's family in front of a national audience. if you saw this, it's worth seeing again. if you haven't seen it, make sure you stick around, coming up on "world news now." e sure you stick around, coming up on "world news now." the truth about mascara is... it clumps.
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♪ baby, what a big surprise ♪ right before my very eyes you're digging the chicago, i now you secretly are. >> i have like all their albums. a moving moment at the tournament of roses parade. >> a soldier home from afghanistan stopped the parade with a surprise that had the crowd cheering. this one is our favorite story of the day. and abc's david muir has the amazing reunion. >> reporter: merriam and her 4-year-old son eric has flown from germany back home to the states to california. mom and son are winning in
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germany while dad is deployed to afghanistan. they thought they had won contest to come home, and the prize, a trip to the rose parade. >> what did you have to do to win? >> my husband entered his name, i guess. i just got a call letting me know that we won. >> he's a soldier stationed in afghanistan? >> yes, he's in afghanistan right now. >> reporter: or so she thought. her husband, sergeant first class eric paz, was right there at the parade, on the float, proudly wearing his uniform. making his way toward them. as mom and her 4-year-old son were posing for a picture, they then turn around and that 4-year-old looks up, making his way right over to the arms of his father. >> it was a really great experience. the first thing i thought is i hope she's not going to slap me for lying to her. and seeing our son's face and how he reacted, you know, i was really caught up in the moment. >> reporter: a family together again. just in time for the new year. they hadn't seen each other in seven months. david muir, abc news, new york.
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>> i can't get enough of these stories. >> the amount of planning. they said this was in the works for like six months. the little boy looked up at his dad and says, does this mean you're back for good? he said we'll discuss it later. he's actually returning to afghanistan later this week. >> that will make a 4-year-old boy smile for a long time. he was just thrilled. when they rode away on that float, he was still smiling. >> a fantastic surprise. they did a great job coordinating all that. always brings a tear to your face. >> no doubt about it. when we come back, we're going to see what's in "the skinny." >> you're watching "world news now." in "the skinny." >> you're watching "world news now."
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♪ skinny, so skinny skinny in the house! >> skinny is in the house. and this is a story that i think every man will appreciate. but at least it gives me a little bit of a creep factor. >> this creeps me out, too. >> hugh hefner, he's 86 years old, married his fiance, 26-year-old crystal harris. they got married on new year's eve. >> he's doing his thing. >> he's doing his thing, but it's a creepy thing. 60-year-old age difference. how old are you, willis? >> old enough to do my thing. >> willis likes the idea big
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time. thumbs up for willis. >> if you're 60 years old, your wife is just born basically. let's put that in perspective. but instead of having the 300 guest blowout they planned in 2011 and she pulled the plug, because she had cold feet, they only had about two dozen guests. he tweeted crystal and i married on new year's eve. with keith as my best man. i love that girl. she changed her name on twitter to crystal hefner. she explained why they got back together. she said i moved into the mansion when i was young, i was 21 or 22. i needed to explore and take the time away and it made me realize where i'm meant to be is here with hef. it's her first marriage and his third. what will last longer, the marriage or do you think he's going to kick the bucket? >> i was wondering the same thing. >> willis loves it. >> willis, what can you do at 86 years old? willis is the man. how about this one?
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adam lambert, "les mis" the movie. a lot of people really like what they saw. adam lambert from "american idol" saying that he was not impressed with a lot of the singing and some of his tweets basically say to the effect, it's an opera. hollywood's movie musicals tweet the singing as the last priority. what else did he say? he said, visually impressive with great performances, great actors pretending to be singers. lambert is a great singer, but from what i've heard from the people who have seen it is one of the things that made this charming is the fact that the singers weren't like real slick professionals. they sort of had a real quality that a lot of viewers liked. adam wasn't impressed. >> he said i don't mean to be extremely negative, but my expectations are quite high. i understand from his perspective. but for the average viewer, the average fan that goes to see this, we appreciate it because
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we know that, you know, hugh jackman and ann hathaway, it's their vocals. >> isn't russel crowe in this? >> he is. >> that's what surprised me. i don't know how he sounded, but if russel crowe sang on key, i would be charmed. >> we'll go see it. not together. >> not together? >> maybe a double date. >> we can do something like that, sure. so lady gaga is going on tour. she's beginning her tour january 11 in vancouver, and she's going to hit some big cities. but she's also going to offer free health counselling and mental health care, because she's a big advocate of anti-bullying. there's the bus right there, says born to be brave. it will be free. there will be food and games. it's access to private or group mental health. she says, i feel like most kids don't look for help because they feel embarrassed, so they're going to break the stigmas around help and make it fun.
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she says it's going to be a fun tailgating experience for her monsters to unite. again, her tour begins january 11. that's the born brave bus that you just saw. >> the born brave bus, there you go. rihanna and chris brown, controversial for sure. they woke up in a new bed together. they let everyone know that they were together. they had some good morning pictures from rihanna. still haven't slept, lol. she had that picture of her polkadot comforter. that's the key piece of evidence there. it's the same polkadot comforter that chris brown sent a tweet from and he said, good morning. so put two and two together and figure out it's the same comforter. >> two and two makes four. and another tattoo for justin bieber makes nine. he debuted a new -- his newest
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♪ happy anniversary, happy anniversary, happy anniversary ♪ a very special day here at "world news now." one-year anniversary on the show. congratulations, paula. one year of no sleep. >> one year of no sleep. >> and you're still alive. >> so you're going to have a chance to see what i looked like when i was sleeping about a year ago and see all my many different hair-dos. it's been a great year filled with a lot of highs and a lot of love. >> welcome. so great to have you. >> thank you. >> we're going to have some fun. >> that's right. that's what it's all about. >> ready to rock? >> cheers. >> hi.
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♪ from chicago, now she's here ♪ it's the paula polka >> you've been doing that for weeks. that is not it. >> i'm a professional eater. ♪ >> come on. >> i'll take a bite. >> you've got to wrap your mouth around that. >> thank you so much. >> i think we should make a double decker and eat them both. >> i've already had a few. [ belching ] ♪ i hate myself for loving you >> oh, paula faris. >> i actually love myself for loving you. rob and i lived a little bit of our youth, getting into the prom spirit.
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>> believe it or not, that is paula wearing her actual prom dance. that is my god-awful dancing. >> it was bad. you saw i ripped a seam and had to tape it just to hold it together. >> a beautiful couple. a beautiful photo. reliving some good memories. and some wonderful hairstyles on top of that. >> congratulations, paula. one year. bring it on out. >> we established that i liked to eat food. >> yeah, we established that. >> what would a party be without some more food, right? come on in, you guys. that's so sweet. did you make this for me? >> i did, in my kitchen. >> i just want to say thank you. it's been a wonderful year. so memorable. i've grown, i've learned. i've gained a little weight. my hair's shorter. and i love all of you. >> love you too, paula. >> thank you, guys.
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